Appelbaum Discusses Private Equity at KPFA in Berkeley Broadcast
Brian Edwards-Tiekert at KPFA in Berkeley broadcast and taped this hour-long special interviewing Eileen Appelbaum about private equity. The interview covers a lot of the ground from Eileen’s book with Rose Batt, "Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street." Here is a link:
Eileen and Rose have done foundational research in the development of industry studies and their book is typical of it – solid scholarship with great impact. Follow the link and learn more about their most recent work.
Jennifer Clark and Howard Wial, both Founding Members of the Industry Studies Association are among the distinguished scholars appointed to a commission of The Milstein Symposium, which is affiliated with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. The Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing recently released a report that is focused on ways that the manufacturing sector can be strengthened, especially small and medium-sized enterprises.
The commission was co-chaired by Haley Barbour, Former Governor, Mississippi and Evan Bayh, Former Governor and U.S. Senator, Indiana.
Julia Lane honored with the 2014 Julius Shiskin Award and the Roger Herriot Award
Industry studies researcher Julia Lane, Senior Managing Economist and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research, has recently been selected to receive the 2014 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy.
Dr. Lane is recognized for her contributions to the development of a Census Bureau program that has significantly advanced research on employment dynamics. She initiated what is now known as the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics (LEHD) program, the first large-scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States. This dataset filled a major data gap by providing researchers with matched employee-employer data containing information for most states on income and worker mobility and on the entry and exit of firms.
2014 Industry Studies Conference in Portland
Our 2014 annual conference was a great success! Thank you to all who worked so hard to put it together. Particular thanks go to the program committee, local arrangements chair, awards committees, and the early career development committee. Our first ever coordinated events with LERA also came off very well; in particular, the joint ISA/LERA panel was terrific. See http://www.industrystudies.pitt.edu/portland14/ for conference details. And, check yourselves out at https://www.flickr.com/photos/125101168@N08/sets/72157644920105852/. Make plans now to come to the 2015 annual conference which will be held at the Kauffman Foundation’s facilities in Kansas City.
Cynthia Barnhart named MIT's new Chancellor
On Monday, February 3, industry studies researcher Professor Cynthia Barnhart was named MIT's new Chancellor. Cindy was co-director of the Global Airlines Industry Center established by the Sloan Foundation at MIT in 1999. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Cindy's research has been focused on optimizing transportation systems, especially in aviation. She develops mathematical models and algorithms, often context- and data-driven, to shape the design of transportation systems. She has advised domestic and international airlines on schedule design and resource utilization, and the Federal Aviation Administration on policies to improve the U.S. aviation system overall, particularly on topics around congestion and delays. More about Cindy and her recent appointment is available at: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/martin-schmidt-named-provost-cynthia-barnhart-named-chancellor-0203.html
-- Frank Giarratani, University of Pittsburgh (1/14/2014).
Alberto Di Minin Appointed Advisor to Government of Italy
Professor Alberto Di Minin (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa) was appointed Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy to the Italian Minister of Research, Education and Universities in July 2013. He is working on the implementation of the digital agenda in Italy, technology transfer and high tech entrepreneurship. Alberto is a Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. His Ph.D. Dissertation was recognized with an Industry Study Dissertation Award in 2007, and he served on the Early Career Development Committee of ISA. www.diminin.it
Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman author “Unfinished Business”
Unfinished Business documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Drawing on original data from fieldwork and surveys of employers, workers, and the larger California adult population, Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum analyze in detail the effect of the state’s landmark paid family leave on employers and workers. They also explore the implications of California’s decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.
Milkman and Appelbaum recount the process by which California workers and their allies built a coalition to win passage of paid family leave in the state legislature, and lay out the lessons for advocates in other states and localities, as well as the nation. Because paid leave enjoys extensive popular support across the political spectrum, campaigns for such laws have an excellent chance of success if some basic preconditions are met. Do paid family leave and similar programs impose significant costs and burdens on employers? Business interests argue that they do and routinely oppose any and all legislative initiatives in this area. Once the program took effect in California, this book shows, large majorities of employers themselves reported that its impact on productivity, profitability, and performance was negligible or positive.
Industry Studies Scholar Susan Helper Named to Commerce Department Post
Professor Susan Helper, whose industry studies research has focused on the importance of manufacturing in the American economy, was appointed Chief Economist for the U.S. Commerce Department in July 2013. Sue had been on leave from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Management for the previous year while she served as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers within the president’s office.
Sue is a founding member of the Industry Studies Association and has served in many leadership roles including on the Board of Directors from 2008-2012 and on the Industry Studies Committee, which founded and launched the ISA, from 2004-2008.
David Weil and Richard Frank named to government posts
Update: David Weil confirmed by US Senate 4/28/2014.
These nominations require confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Both David and Richard have advised government agencies over many years, and Richard has previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS (2009-2011), where he directed the Office on Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy. David and Richard were also both co-directors of Sloan Industry Centers established in the 1990s: David at the Textile and Apparel Industry Center, and Richard at the Managed Care Industry Center, both located at Harvard.
Kauffman Foundation sponsors Early Career Scholars
Following our successful conference in Kansas City at the very end of May 2013 -- hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation -- the Kauffman Foundation followed-up with a generous offer of support for ISA’s efforts to advance the professional development of early career scholars dedicated to industry studies research. The Kauffman Foundation’s $10,000 grant is specifically dedicated to sponsorship for the Early Career Development Committee (ECDC) and the 2014 Rising Star Award. The ECDC was literally the first committee established by the ISA, and, in fact pre-dates the ISA in the sense that it was one of the building blocks set by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as the industry studies community was developing. The ECDCs professional development workshops and its work in organizing the ISA’s annual dissertation prize have contributed very substantially to advancing careers, and importantly, ECDC members have been proactive in pointing the way to new initiatives that would help the ISA offer value to its members. The Rising Star Award competition is an example of this kind of ECDC initiative. Two years ago, Erica Fuchs (Carnegie Mellon University) and other ECDC members stepped forward to offer ideas about ways that excellent research by early-career scholars could be identified and recognized at our annual meetings. From this initiative, the Rising Star Award was created. Look for it again this year, in the 2014 Call for Papers. With this generous support from the Kauffman Foundation, our efforts to advance industry studies scholarship are getting a very big boost.